Updating old kitchen

14 Dec

Above the sink, I replaced the french blue shelf with a large white wooden box.

When you simply don't have the budget to buy many new things for your home, it really challenges you to recycle, re-purpose and re-invent what you have to create a different look. It has served so many different functions over the years!

I don't really want to tack it to the stools, because I know it will need to be washed regularly.

I've used it as a photo backdrop for my shop items, as a tray, an art backdrop, etc etc. I used it like this for a photo backdrop for awhile, and then painted it white at some point. I've been thinking about the possibility of doing beadboard wallpaper around the back of the island.One of the other problem issues of this area was always having our used kitchen rags and towels waiting in a little pile by the garbage can to be transported to the upstairs laundry (not a pretty subject, I know).I solved that by placing a vintage enamelware pot next to the cabinet to hold the soiled towels until we take them up. I've had some comments about why I didn't turn this piece with the back facing the cabinet next to it.I did try it initially, but it stuck out too far past the cabinet into a walkway, and just didn't work for me. :)Yes, the cabinet does come out a bit past the end of this wall, but I'm fine with it until a more narrow piece comes my way.As you can see, the end of this wall has been our family's growth chart. I debated about what would go on top of the farmhouse style cabinet, but decided it will be the coffee station for now. Now with these two tips, you won’t be carrying around any less keys, but you will be able to find the key you want a whole lot faster. Danny Lipford: First, Joe cuts the cabinet shelf free from the sides of the cabinet. Danny Lipford: They have switches for that kind of thing now. Danny Lipford: But, well, it’s nice when you have that versatile lighting where you have one switch for the primary lights, another switch for those, you know, task lighting like that. Even in the dark, you don’t even need to see it, you can just feel it with your finger.As a renter, I can't do many changes to the space, and being on a super tight budget just means I have to use my imagination even more., we’re transforming a dated ’60s kitchen from worn and tired to stylish and new. And this is one of the millions of houses that were built back in the ’60s, and it has a kitchen that’s ripe for remodeling. Danny Lipford: So, how long have you been thinking about the renovation of the kitchen? But I understand what we’ll be doing is removing all of the doors, and then some newer hardware, that kind of thing. It’s got some browns and tans and just a hint of that sapphire blue. I mean, they’re not in bad shape at all, considering how old they are. Jodi Marks: And then once you get the surface wet, this is where this little bad boy comes in.Stick around to find out what it takes to get from one stage to another. Like many of the houses from this era, the simple plywood doors on the cabinets had a pattern routed into the surface that someone thought would make them look elegant. Back then the countertop material of choice was plastic laminate, usually in a pretty basic color scheme. Lori Harris: Right, desperately need some new hardware. Now, I know you’ve done a lot of painting of cabinets. See all these little decorative flecks in this bag? Shea Pettaway: And after that, then you use your protective top coat to make it durable and have a shiny finish to it. Jodi Marks: And it could transform the look of your kitchen or your bathroom in no time.It must have worked at the time, because there are billions of them in U. Unfortunately, the adhesives back then gave up after a few decades. And as you can see, the cabinets are kind of looking worn and dingy. I mean, it’s just fantastic the way it’s constructed. You just pour it in here and then what you do is you evenly distribute it around the surface of the countertop, because that base coat is actually an adhesive and it sticks to the countertop. Jodi Marks: See, now you can do this project in about a weekend. Danny Lipford: David and Lori Harris’s kitchen is being transformed from the dated example of ’60s interior decor into a cool modern space the couple can love.